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SfES Annual Conference - 2017


Ecumenical Perspectives

How a better understanding of what took place 500 years ago in Wittenberg, can draw people and churches closer together. This conference looks from a range of denominational perspectives at key issues of Reformation in order to engage from a different angle in a fruitful area of ecumenical discussion. This conference is organised in association with Council of Lutheran Churches, UK.

To be held at

St Edmund Hall

Queen’s Lane




    Keynote Speakers:


  prof. andrew louth

  prof. john milbank


    17 June 2017, Saturday




·      10.00 Arrival and registration and coffee/tea


·      10.30 Opening Prayer, Welcome and Introduction (Revd. Elizabeth Welch SfES Chair)


          10.45 Prof Dr Henrike Lähnemann – ‘Singing the Reformation. A Historical and Practical Introduction‘


12.00 Prof Andrew Louth – ‘Does the Orthodox Church need a reformation?’     (Revd. Alvyn Pettersen SfES Trustee)


·     13.15 – 14.00 Lunch break (sandwiches and light refreshment provided)


           14.00 Prof John Milbank - 'Was the Reformation the cause or a symptom of Christian decline in the West?'


·      15.15 Short break


·      15.30 Plenary discussion 


·      Conclusion     (Summary by David Carter SfES Newsletter Editor)


·      16:30 Closing prayer in the college chapel

 John Milbank is Emeritus Reserach Professor of Religion, Politics and Ethics of the University of Nottingham. He previously taught at the universities of  Lancaster, Cambridge and Virginia. His most well-known book is Theology and Social Theory and most recent (with Adrian Pabst) The Politics of Virtue.

 Henrike Lähnemann holds the Chair in Medieval German Literature and Linguistics at the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of St Edmund Hall. She  coordinates several Reformation related projects in Oxford, concentrating on the impact the Reformation had through singing and printing.

 Andrew Louth, Professor Emeritus of Durham University, UK, and Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Theology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam; archpriest of the  Russian Orthodox Church, belonging to the Diocese of Sourozh (Moscow Patriarchate), serving the parish in Durham.  Patristics scholar, with interests in  philosophy, history, and Orthodox theology.  Some recent books: Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition (ed. 2, 2006), Greek East and Latin West: the  Church ad 681–1071 (2007), Modern Orthodox Thinkers: from the Philokalia to the present (2015).

           PRICE LIST (light lunch included):       Members: £15 on the day or £12 in advance.      Non-members: £20 on the day or £18 in advance.

 Please register as soon as possible with the Secretary, Alex Miljkovic (contact details below). Cheques can be made payable to The Society for Ecumenical  Studies and sent with registration to the Secretary.

           Kindly make clear if you require disabled access, and if you have any particular dietary requirements.

 Please note the deadline for registering is now the 6th June 2017

           Alex Miljkovic, Secretary, 12 Green Lawn Lane, Middlesex, TW8 9PN      E-mail:

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